By all accounts, Jimmy Kimmel despises Donald Trump. But that doesn’t mean the late-night TV host isn’t interested in what makes the former president tick.
Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, former Trump aide Cassidy Hutchinson visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! to discuss her new book, Enough. Hutchinson became a national figure when she testified at the January 6 hearings. The former assistant to then-Cheif of Staff Mark Meadows provided detailed descriptions of how Trump, Meadows, and others in the White House responded to the lead up and chaos of the Capitol insurrection.
While Kimmel covered that to an extent during the interview, the comedian was more interested in hearing personal stories about Hutchinson’s former boss. Kimmel seemed genuinely amused to hear all about what Donald Trump is like behind closed doors, including the ex-president’s eating habits.
“How often did the president throw ketchup at the wall?” he asked her. Hutchinson didn’t give a number, but instead revealed that Trump has a genuine fear of being poisoned. To ease his mind, Trump preferred to take his ketchup from small bottles that were opened in front of him. That way, he could hear the “pop” and know they weren’t tampered with.
Kimmel joked that he figured Trump requested the smaller bottles to make his hands look bigger. And the late-night host wasn’t done there. “Do you think he got this fear of poisoning from all the ex-wives?” he quipped.
More highlights from Jimmy Kimmel’s interview with Cassidy Hutchinson
Cassidy Hutchinson made it clear that she had plenty of stories to fill up Enough and probably a couple more books. Jimmy Kimmel was more than happy to listen, even suggesting that Hutchinson stick around for as long as it took.
But in the interest of time, Kimmel went rapid-fire through a few select topics. He questioned Hutchinson about how she became involved in Trump’s orbit despite the fact that she “seem[s] like an intelligent person.”
Hutchinson explained how her family’s support for Donald Trump and her first experience at a Trump rally made her feel as if Trump represented the people she grew up around. However, the former White House aide now sees things much differently.
Kimmel went on get Hutchinson’s perspective on Trump suggesting injecting people with bleach to fight COVID, how the former president flipped his lunch over when angry, and an odd encounter with Matt Gaetz.
But none of the stories amused Kimmel as much as the ketchup revelation. Don’t be surprised if the comedian brings it up a time or two again in a future monologue.